Year 2 - The Lions: Blog items

Alice in Wonderland Production, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 19th Apr 2024 @ 2:49pm

What a show! Longton children had the pleasure of enjoying a fantastic production of Alice in Wonderland on Monday. 

Theatre Production, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 15th Apr 2024 @ 8:38pm

We have had a lovely first day back.  To welcome in the Summer term we enjoyed watching a theatre production of Alice in Wonderland.  It was fantastic and was a lovely start to week.  

Welcome Back - Summer Term, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 15th Apr 2024 @ 1:05am

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter Break.  Does anyone have any chocolate eggs left? 

Lets keep our fingers crossed for some warmer weather this term. 

Please find below and also on our main class page the subject organiser for this half term.

Any questions or queries please pop in and see us.  


Easter Bonnets, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 15th Apr 2024 @ 1:00am

WOW Lions, I love your creativity.  Thank you for making such amazing hats and sharing them with us.  I hope you all enjoyed your Easter Eggs. 

DT - Making Healthy Wraps, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 15th Apr 2024 @ 12:57am

We designed and made our own healthy wraps. 


DT - Food Tasting, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 15th Apr 2024 @ 12:53am

We had plenty of keen volunteers for some food tasting. 

Super Scientists, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 17th Mar 2024 @ 9:00pm

This week has been science week.

We have all taken part in a biscuit themed investigation.

Our question was:   Which biscuit is best for Miss Harrison to use to dunk in her tea?

We made predictions, disucssed how we were going to make it a fair test and recorded our results in a tally.

We used the biscuits - custard cream, digestive, bournon, nice and shortcake.  What would your predction be?

Different groups had different winners (the biscuit with the most dunks before droppin into the cup) but the majority of groups had the shortcake biscuit as the winner.


Jack and the Beanstalk, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 17th Mar 2024 @ 8:48pm

The Lion and the Zebra tribe performed their production of Jack and the Beanstalk to the school and their families this week.   There were all outstanding.  I'm sure you will agree, if you came to watch, the children shone brightly, from amazing acting and character voices to the fabulous singing.  Their enthusiasm was fantastic.  We are all very proud of them. 



Primary Engineer Celebration event, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 17th Mar 2024 @ 8:44pm

Our tippers were finished, we held our in school competition.  The winning tipper went to Preston College to the Primary Engineer Celebration event to complete against the tippers from other schools. 

The children were amazing, they spoke confidently and proudly about their tipper to the engineers.


World Book Day - Rockstars, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 10th Mar 2024 @ 3:59pm

We fully embaced the theme of rockstars.  Thank you for all your effort in supporting this. We followed and read the song lyrics to a number of songs as well as learning a few classic rock tunes.  Thank you to our group and solo performers who performed to us, you were brilliant. 

We enjoyed listening to the school story of the Battle between the odds and evens.  We loved adding our own section to the story and then hearing the end of it during our assembly at the end of the day.

The children all took home a book - a gift from Longton Primary school as well as the World Book Day voucher to use to redeem a world book day book or money off a book of their choice. 

We continued to write our fairy tales with a twist from our Michael Rosen workshop at the beginning of the week.  We will share some when they are finished. 

Our Final Tipper trucks, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 10th Mar 2024 @ 3:45pm

We are engineering superstars.  This week we completed our Primary Engineer Tipper construction project. 

We tested them down a ramp to see which one went the furthest and in the straightest line.  It was this tipper that would compete against other schools.   Congratualtions to  Joe, Josh and Ollie on their winning tipper.



Author and Illustrator visit, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 10th Mar 2024 @ 3:16pm

Can you believe it, Michael Rosen was in our classroom.  WOW!

We were very lucky to have Michael Rosen, Allen Fatimahran and Jasbinder Bilan visit our classroom this week.  They read us some alternative fairy stories and talked to us about how we could create our own fairy story with a twist.  We got to watch Allen illustrating the stories as they were read and then he showed us how to draw the frog prince.  We all had a go as he showed us step by step. 


Dance workshop, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 10th Mar 2024 @ 3:08pm

We were moving and grooving some some excellent tunes during our dance workshop.


Spring Term Projects, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 10th Mar 2024 @ 3:05pm

What an amazing tribe!  We had lots of fabulous projects this term to display for parents and to share with each other.  The children were very creative and linked lots of their projects to things we have been learning about in class. 

Well done Lions.

Maths - Division, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 21st Feb 2024 @ 7:01am

We are working on our 2 times table and dividing by 2 this week.


The children have been hands on with their counters; making arrays, grouping and sharing.


Tipper trucks update, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 21st Feb 2024 @ 6:59am

We are another step closer to completing our tipper trucks. 

Just a bit of velcro then we are all assembled.

Now the exciting part.  You have to design a way of stopping the table tennis balls from falling out when you go down the rmap but will allow them to fall out when you inflate the balloon to tip.

Come up with some ideas ready to share in class on Thursday. 



DT Primary Engineer - Chassis making, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 3rd Feb 2024 @ 5:21pm

We enjoyed our DT day on Thursday.

We made the chassis for our Tipper trucks as part of our Primary Engineer project.     Next week will will aim to get the truck finished so that we can make the adaptations to it after the holidays.  We will need to test them and choose a winner ready for the final competition agaist other schools at the beginning of March. 

There lots of pictures of you cutting the dowelling to make your axels.  Can you work out which hand is yours?

We rocked out to the music this week., by Mrs Catterall

Date: 3rd Feb 2024 @ 5:11pm

What an amazing time we had in our Rock Steady music assembly and workshop.   We were clapping along to the beat and singing along to the tunes. 

Some of the children are eager to be part of their own band, details have been sent home about how to sign up. 

RE Hinduism, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 3rd Feb 2024 @ 5:08pm

As part of our learning about Hinduism we have focused on the different deities which are workshipped.  We have discussed devotion and linked it to what we are all devoted to.

This week we focused on the Puja tray, labelled the different parts and thought about their importance in Hindu worship. 

Watching Year 3 Assembly, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 3rd Feb 2024 @ 5:00pm

The Lions loved watching the Year 3 assembly.  It was very informative.  Well done to Oliver who answered one of the quiz questions at the end correctly. 

Well done Year 3 - you shone brightly. 

More money, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 3rd Feb 2024 @ 4:57pm

Lions, I was so pleased to hear from your parents that you have been practising money and shops at home.  

In class we chose an item, gave it a price tag and made the correct amount.  We then went around the shop checking to see if they had all been paid for correctly.

Keep practising at home.



First Aid photos, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 3rd Feb 2024 @ 4:50pm

The photos didn't upload on the previous first aid sorry.  You should hopefully be able to see them here. 

Maths - Money, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 18th Jan 2024 @ 8:03pm

Over the last few weeks we have been learning about money in Maths.  This is quite tricky at times as, since covid, lots of us don't have as much cash and coins about.  

I have asked the children to have a look at home to see if they have some play money or make some coins out of cardboard.   They could use their toys to make price labels for them and practice making the correct amount with the coins they have made.  Make it into a shop. 

Next week we will be focusing more on adding 2 amounts together and finding the change from a £1 or more depending on the price of things. 

The children need lots of practse with this - I have added a link to some interactive games which might help them continue to practise these skills. 

One aspect the children need to be clear on is that there are 100 pence in £1.   You need to add up the pounds and then add up the pence - you can't add all the numbers on the notes and coins together.

e.g. £2 £1 50p 5p 2p 1p       This adds up to £3 and 58p  not £61 or 61p


Author Visit, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 17th Jan 2024 @ 9:59pm

Today we have been very lucky to be able to invite an author and illustrator into our classroom, via zoom.  We were joined bu other year 2 classes from the Axia schools. 

Paul Morton has written 2 stories - 'Bug Belly Babysitting Trouble' and 'Bug Belly Froggy Rescue'.    He shared with us his love of frogs and showed us a range of frogs of all colurs of the rainbow.  Did you know in the Uk with only have 3 types of frogs, In Brazil there are 2500 types and in the world - 8500!  The smallest frog is about the size of your thumb nail.  The largest frog is called the Goliath frog. 

Paul showed us some of his illustrations and the process he goes through to create his scrapbooks and ideas. 

After our zoom visit we looked at part of his graphics website.  Before he became an authour and illustrator Paul used to draw and design packaging for a range of foods and chocolates.  We were very impressed. 

First Aid, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 17th Jan 2024 @ 9:44pm

We had a fabulous afternoon with Andrea from Mini First Aid.

we helped look after big ted by learning about the correct way to put on a plaster and why we might need to do this. 

We talked about bumps to our head and the importance of making sure an adult knows, we used a cold compress.

We talked about how we ring for an ambulance.  The children will be bringing home on Thursday (in homework folders) a piece of paper which you can fill in together.    Andrea asked the children to get their adult to write their address on it and put it somehwere where it can be seen, help the children to learn what their address is in case they ever need to let someone know in an emergency.  We talked about how we dont give information to people we don't know, but if we needed to ring 999 then we would need to tell them where they were so they can send help. 

We also learnt how to put someone into the recovery position.  We used the phrases-   hello, knees up, cheeky, over to me and chinny chin chin. See if you can match the words to some of the actions in the photos. 




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